The Dean of Students serves as the chief student affairs officer of the university, exercising general executive responsibility for the student life programs of the institution. His primary responsibilities include the organization, supervision, coordination, and evaluation of the administrative subdivisions and officers reporting to the Dean of Students: Residence Life; Student Involvement and Leadership; Student Retention Programs; Health and Wellness Services; Interfaith Civic Engagement and Diversity & Inclusion; Community Service; International Student Services; and Disability Services. The Dean prepares budget requests for these areas under her supervision and establishes procedures for the continual development and review of all student life policies and procedures. The Dean determines the conduct and status of students and, working closely with the faculty and Dean of the College, sees that student support services are provided when needed.
Michael Covert ’91 holds a B.A. in psychology from Transylvania University, an M.S. in education from Indiana University (1993) and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies and evaluation from the University of Kentucky (2004).
Covert gained experience at Indiana University Bloomington and Washington University in St. Louis before beginning his professional career at Transylvania in 1996 as coordinator of student life and financial aid services. He became assistant dean of students, then associate dean of students and, since 2013, has served as associate vice president for retention.
Covert co-chaired Transylvania’s Quality Enhancement Plan and now serves as the administrative director for August term. He has taught University 1111, the First-Year Research Seminar and is an adjunct faculty member for UK’s Educational Policy and Evaluation Studies graduate program. He is married to Kara Little Covert ’90, associate vice president for advancement, and they have a 10-year-old son, Evan.
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